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by PeterC
Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2277

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

for example: https://fpmt.org/mandala/archives/mandala-issues-for-2010/october/distorted-visions-of-buddhism-agnostic-and-atheist/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_Buddhism From the records we have, I think we can fairly say that Buddha was a non-monotheist—or non-creator-theist— and also a no...
by PeterC
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Drowning in Ill Will
Replies: 18
Views: 532

Re: Drowning in Ill Will

While they were here they pulled out a deed and he signed over my grandparent's land,150 acres of mountain land valued at $75,000. My grandparents did without to pay for it during the depression and it was sentimental. I would take legal action over that. Sounds very likely that he wasn’t competent...
by PeterC
Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2277

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

Buddhism contains many elements that atheists deem problematic: karma, rebirth, pure lands, hells, other realms and beings, etc. I would say that the qualities usually ascribed to God or gods are here ascribed to sentient beings. There are many descriptions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas that sound ve...
by PeterC
Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2277

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

The important takeaway is that unless one is THE buddha, the gods are very real because they are active in the realm of mind in majority of humans. Atheism is an inverse relationship with theism. It is not buddhism and buddhism is not teaching atheism. Depends on what you mean by 'atheism'. If you ...
by PeterC
Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2277

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

The thing about the “reality” of yidams, deities, and so on is that we always make that comparison to that of our own “reality”. We say “I call on them and they help me” meaning that if we think of them as objectively existing “actual” beings (standing on lotuses out in space or whatever, the way t...
by PeterC
Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2277

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

Often people get confused by Bodhisattvas, Yidams, Dakinis etc. These are in no way analogous to gods, and to think this is a fundamental misunderstanding of what they are. They do help us when we pray to them. And we even experience the blessings of their enlightened quaities through faith. They a...
by PeterC
Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2277

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

It seems to me buddhism appears atheist to one whose mind repels theism and it appears theist to those whose minds shun atheism. Well, yes and no. Consider the practices of body speech and mind that people do, in whatever form of the Buddhadharma that they practice, in order to achieve liberation. ...
by PeterC
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?
Replies: 41
Views: 1846

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

That is not really Wallace's point in the article. I don’t read the whole article. I got as far as where he said int he first paragraph; However, a careful analysis of Vajrayana Buddhist cosmogony, specifically as presented in the Atiyoga tradition of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, which presents itself as...
by PeterC
Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?
Replies: 41
Views: 1846

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

Is it though? I don't see that at all. Rather, it is not monotheistic, but atheistic seems a bridge too far. https://www.shambhala.com/snowlion_articles/is-buddhism-really-nontheistic/ 1. The Dharma has nothing in common with the religions of Europe. The Dharma is profoundly atheistic, and values r...
by PeterC
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2277

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

From my experience at the two wheels, I have come across many Buddhists outside of Asia, especially the Western world. They have studied the Dhamma/Dharma well and have a stable practice. The question is, what made you stay for so long? The Asia of 2021 is not the Asia of the 80s and 90s. Many were...
by PeterC
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?
Replies: 36
Views: 713

Re: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?

They achieve realization, so yes they know what they are, but the defining difference between a Pratyekhabuddha and a Samyaksambuddha is the ability to turn the wheel of Dharma. Pratyekhabuddhas can teach only by example, e.g. by demonstrating the siddhis Then only Uttamanirmāṇakāya’s are Samyaksam...
by PeterC
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?
Replies: 36
Views: 713

Re: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?

They achieve realization, so yes they know what they are, but the defining difference between a Pratyekhabuddha and a Samyaksambuddha is the ability to turn the wheel of Dharma. Pratyekhabuddhas can teach only by example, e.g. by demonstrating the siddhis Do they? I really don't know. What is their...
by PeterC
Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?
Replies: 18
Views: 1146

Re: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?

Hi everyone. Lately it came to my realization that I'm probably creating bad karma and feeling some blockages, because my partner of 3 years now is still legally married. She wasn't able to get divorced because her husband is making it difficult to proceed with the documentation. By kissing her and...
by PeterC
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?
Replies: 36
Views: 713

Re: Where are the "pratyekabuddha-yanist"?

"I'd never join a club that would have me as a member." -The Pratyekabuddha Creed Would a Pratyekabuddha even know that they were a Pratyekabuddha? I think that's the point. Their awakening is spontaneous and solitary. They have no reference to the Three Jewels. This is why they can appear in times...
by PeterC
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wall Street, hedge funds
Replies: 23
Views: 430

Re: Wall Street, hedge funds

Norwegian wrote: Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:58 am Buying high and selling low has never really been a great recipe for success.
:rolling:

by PeterC
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wall Street, hedge funds
Replies: 23
Views: 430

Re: Wall Street, hedge funds

Matt Levine is great - best of the bloomberg columnists If you got into it before the stock was ramped up then you still made 3x your money even at current prices. But anyone that bought in on the way up and is still in is an idiot. What's sad is all the mutual encouragement on reddit to stay in whe...
by PeterC
Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Homeless Mendicant
Replies: 13
Views: 306

Re: The Homeless Mendicant

How does one go about this? Decide which color of robes you like? Or just follow the leader? How do you get rid of your stuff? What if you are old and grey and don't want to join Dharma Kindergarten? Suppose your poetry sucks? I'd rather follow the right teaching than be a teacher, why teach at all...
by PeterC
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wall Street, hedge funds
Replies: 23
Views: 430

Re: Mansplaining Women’s Enlightenment

If it comes out that what you are saying happened actually happened, couldn't all these guys go to prison? Its like if the scam doesn't blow out of proportion due to the bot-trading, they could just keep this up indefinitely milking the rubes who fall into the screamingkitty hype. But because of th...
by PeterC
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wall Street, hedge funds
Replies: 23
Views: 430

Re: Mansplaining Women’s Enlightenment

It's why Robinhood was set up in the first place. The irony just hit me. LOL Heads the Sheriff wins, Tails Robin loses. Exactly My guess on what happened is the following. I think we’ll find Ken Griffin and Steven Cohen were in this all the way up *and* all the way down. Citadel and Cohen front-ran...
by PeterC
Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you attend a new dharma center, do you level-set your experience with new lama?
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: When you attend a new dharma center, do you level-set your experience with new lama?

The lama isn’t a therapist. If I have a specific question to ask a lama I will tell them anything they need to answer it, and answer their questions, but generally one should not burden the lama with too much information when they may have many of these conversations each day. We think a lot about t...

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